Lyon, France — Rose Lavelle put the United States up 2-0 against the Netherlands with a fine solo goal in the 69th minute of the Women's World Cup final on Sunday.
The midfielder collected the ball some 30 meters out, advanced to the penalty area and skipped past defender Stefanie van der Gragt before planting a low shot past goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.
She was mobbed as she dived into the arms of her teammates as she sprinted to the U.S. bench to celebrate.
Megan Rapinoe opened the scoring for the United States in the 61st minute with a penalty against the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup final.
Referee Stephanie Frappart awarded the penalty following a video review showed that defender Stefanie van der Gragt made a high challenge on striker Alex Morgan.
Rapinoe confidently struck the spot-kick down the middle and past a static Sari van Veenendaal, who seemed to anticipate Rapinoe would shoot to the side and was wrong-footed.
It was Rapinoe’s sixth goal, tying her with Morgan and England’s Ellen White at the top of the scoring charts.
The United States is vying for its fourth Women’s World Cup title and is the defending champion, while the Dutch women are appearing in their first World Cup final.
Both sides had narrow wins in the semifinals, with the U.S. beating a physical England team 2-1 and the Dutch needing extra time to overcome Sweden 1-0.
In the most recent meeting between the two teams, the U.S. won 3-1 at home in 2016
World Cup final
Matchup: USA vs. Netherlands
When: Sunday, 11 a.m.